As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion’s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors—former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use Éminence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems—the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine—blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
Winners of multiple awards from Local10.com, the stylists at Xanadu Salon & Spa maintain a beauty oasis, a stress-free haven where they pamper guests with everything from hair and nail care to facials and massages. Some are licensed Aveda Institute graduates who tame tresses with an arsenal of products, including Aveda, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology. As delicious as they are effective, their chocolate or milk and honey body scrubs help reduce the appearance of cellulite while softening skin. In addition to keeping skin healthy, technicians also help bods look their sharpest with airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions, and tanning services.
The attentive and friendly aestheticians at Taylor Lane Day Spa have been soaking weary appendages in soothing baths for 13 years. Arm greeters are met with a basic manicure, where nail hedging creates clean lines on hand lawns. Tips are further sprinkled and soaked with water before being polished with your choice of colors ($18). Feet follow suit with a signature pedicure, soaking in bath salts to unleash dogged fatigue, stress, and clouds of feral butterflies ($35). A foot curator prevents dead skin cells from momentarily resurrecting, ensuring that both ground navigators exit the spa feeling tingly soft. Menthol massage oils further alleviate fluid retention, while a moisturizer locks in hydration where it counts. Finish phalange-centric experiences with a reflexology treatment ($10), which massages feet to the internal health beat of various organs and body bass drums.